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ProgStock 2022 COVID Policy Announced

ProgStock 2022 COVID Policy

EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, MARCH 11, PROOF OF VACCINATION IS NO LONGER REQUIRED FOR ENTRY TO THE UNION COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER.

SIMILARLY, MASKS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED, THOUGH THEIR USE IS STILL STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU ARE FEELING SICK!

If you feel sick, have a fever, or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you make your health, and the health of others, a priority by staying home.

If you have purchased a pass, and you are not feeling well and need to stay home – or in your hotel room – ProgStock will offer you free livestreaming for the show or day of shows you will miss due to illness. Please contact Ann Rinaldi (marketing@progstock.com or 252-402-5395 – emails and text messages are more likely to be received on show days) for instructions and your free livestreaming pass. If you already have a StageIt account, please send her your StageIt username or the email address you use for StageIt.

All Passes Are Now on Sale!

All Passes on Sale in our Box Office

ProgStock 2022 Current Lineup & Schedule
subject to change (last updated: August 10, 2022)

Friday, October 7, 2022:
On The Main Stage (doors @ 4:30pm, set times TBD)

Saturday, October 8, 2022:
On The Main Stage (doors @ 11:00am, set times TBD)

Sunday, October 9, 2022:
On The Main Stage (doors @ 11:00am, set times TBD)

Special Appearances by…

  • Evership, featuring Shane Atkinson & Beau West
    • Meet and greet with Shane & Beau
    • Special pre-release album listening party (venue TBD) for their new album, The Uncrowned King – Act 2
    • The full band will join us at ProgStock 2023…but they have some additional surprises in the works for us in 2022. Stay tuned!
  • Dave Kerzner (with special guest Fernando Perdomo)
    • Meet and greet with Dave and Fernando
    • Special album listening party for Dave’s latest album, The Traveler
    • Dave’s band will join us at ProgStock 2023…but Dave and Fernando have some surprises in the works for us in 2022. Stay tuned!

What Is ProgStock?

ProgStock 2022 is the sixth edition of an annual volunteer-run event whose mission is to shine light on one of the most exciting and creative genres of rock music, Progressive Rock.

The three keys to our festival, in our humble opinion, are:

  • great live music (otherwise, what’s the point?)
  • the coming together of a community of people who are now more like a family, thus the ProgStock Family group, including the musicians who become part of our group and join in the fun
  • our amazing team of volunteer professionals, and paid professionals (often not paid what they deserve, which is unfortunately almost always true in the music industry) – We can’t thank these folks enough!

Something interesting you might not know about ProgStock, even if you’ve attended before: we encourage all of our musicians to stay for the entire weekend. Why?

  • To bring the musicians into the community experience. We want the musicians to become part of the group, mingle with the crowd, watch the other bands, and meet each other. Some folks call it ‘a cruise on land,’ for those familiar with the music cruise concept – everyone hanging out in one space for several days – sharing music, meals, and experiences – getting to know each other.
  • The great collaborations that result. Every year, exciting things happen at ProgStock when musicians, who have sometimes never met or worked together, struck up a conversation in advance, because they knew they were coming to ProgStock, or just started jamming in Bob Moog Foundation Park or backstage and Boom! new music is born.

Examples of unique ProgStock musical experiences abound:

So why Progressive Rock, you might ask?

Once popularized in the late 1960s and early 1970s by bands like Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull and Rush (to name but a few), the genre has spawned hundreds of bands all over the world ever since its heyday. Despite the near-demise of the record industry that once exposed this music to the masses, artists from all over the world have continued to create this kind of music and have found audiences that cherish it and crave for more.

So, why should you come to ProgStock?

Since 2017, ProgStock has provided a vehicle for these artists to play to audiences and in surroundings that they might not be able to achieve on their own. In that spirit, ProgStock provides its international audience (which includes visiting patrons from Europe, South America, Canada, and elsewhere) with a varied menu of Progressive Rock acts from all over the world (when we can). Although there are (and always will be) many American bands on our roster gaining this valuable exposure, we also try to include some examples of international acts that are either less well-known in the USA and deserve the chance for international exposure, or are seasoned performers with a rich history of musical achievements, as incentive for more patrons to attend the festival. It is exactly the mission of ProgStock to bring such music to our stage, because we strive to be one of the few places in the USA where such music can be experienced by our audience.

ProgStock’s daily performances take place at the Union County Performing Arts Center (or UCPAC) Main Stage theater located at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, New Jersey 07065. This historic landmark was originally a vaudeville-era silent movie house. First opened in 1928, it is now a beautifully restored multipurpose facility that is the centerpiece of the recently established arts district of Rahway. UCPAC is playing a vital role in the cultural renaissance of the community. The theater is run by a non-profit organization staffed by professional, hard-working employees and is supported by an outstanding volunteer corps and its local community of residents.

After each performance, meet-and-greet sessions with the performers take place behind the theater building in our meet-and-greet tent. You do not need a special pass to attend the meet-and-greets. Everyone is welcome! We bring a selection of each artist’s or band’s merchandise out to the tent, so you can pick up that last-minute CD, LP or poster to get signed, and our annual festival program is filled with autograph pages for each band, so you don’t have to purchase anything to get autographs from every band. In 2022, we are including the festival T-shirt, poster, and program in the price of all 3-day passes, so everyone who purchases a 3-day pass will have an autograph book!

Our Late Night Events now take place right within the Main Stage building, so there’s no need to walk anywhere else to enjoy the festivities! Other locations within downtown Rahway will host our outdoor activities, all within a short walking distance of the theater. We’ve tried to make it easy to enjoy what our festival has to offer you…but, if the spirit moves you, there is the rest of the exciting city of Rahway for you to explore!

Why Rahway, NJ?

ProgStock is the American Northeast’s only Progressive Rock music festival, due to the relocation of another storied music festival, RoSFest, from Eastern Pennsylvania to Florida. We are located in the tri-state area conveniently close to New York City, which attracts patrons and performing artists from all over the USA and the world. Just a 15-minute train ride from Newark Airport with a NJ Transit station conveniently located right in the heart of the city, you can get to Rahway from anywhere in the US or the world without needing to rent a car and even make the festival part of a larger trip to NYC, if you’re so inclined. Check out our list of area hotels to see how many great places you can stay in the Rahway area.

If you have your own vehicle while attending ProgStock, you can drive to the theater each day and park for free in the large parking lot at the Hamilton Stage building a short walk away from the Main Stage theater! Otherwise, you can always carpool with friends…you will see plenty of familiar faces and make plenty of new friends at this festival! Some area hotels may provide shuttle services you can use to get to/from downtown Rahway. Taxi services will be quite aware of the festival and easy to grab (our staff will help you, if needed). Uber and Lyft are available, too…it’s a commuter town, after all! Cost estimates between UCPAC and most area hotels are around $6 (car) and $10 (SUV)…and, at any time of day or night (which is an important thing to consider!). Share any of those rides with friends, and you’ll do just fine!

We continue bringing new experiences to the festival to complement the performances, including special guest appearances and meet-and-greets, fine artists, and the involvement of sponsors and foundations related to music education, historical preservation, and support of independent musical artists. We could not have produced any of these without you, and for that we are eternally grateful!

Unitopia Update

ProgStock Producer Thomas Palmieri was joined by Mark Monforti of Progrock.com, the US label manager for Unitopia, on The Waiting Room with The Prog Doctor on House of Prog with Marty Dorfman to discuss the status of Unitopia. We’ve created this clip of the show, so you can hear what Mark & Tom said on the air about Unitopia’s appearance at ProgStock. There’s some good news and some not-so-good news. Have a listen.

https://fb.watch/ehZev7qhRQ/

 

Prog-Ducer Passes on Sale – Saturday, June 25, 12:00PM ET!

Prog-Ducer Passes on Sale
Saturday, June 25 at 12:00PM ET


ProgStock 2022 Current Lineup
subject to change (last updated: June 26, 2022)

  • Orpheus Nine
  • District 97
  • Rachel Flowers
  • Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella
  • Pattern-Seeking Animals
  • Adam Holzman & Brave New World
  • Evership
    • Special pre-release album listening party (venue TBD) for their new album, The Uncrowned King – Act 2
    • The full band will join us at ProgStock 2023…but, they have some additional surprises in the works for us in 2022. Stay tuned!
  • ProgJect
  • Stick Men
  • Reuter Motzer Grohowski
  • Total Mass Retain YES Tribute Band

ProgStock 2022 Ticket Options & On Sale Dates

5-Year Patron Passes

Available NOW and anytime before October 7, 2022

A ProgStock 5-Year Patron may select any available seat within our theater and reserve it for 5 years, starting with this year’s festival. Patrons receive a three-day pass to the festival and are also entitled to these amazing perks:

  • Earliest access to the lobby each day (30 minutes before all others)
  • First-in-line access to all artist meet-and-greets each day (before all others)
  • Highly-valuable merchandise packages (unique each year, with cool freebies from us and our artists)
  • An exclusive ProgStock 5-Year Patron badge (new and unique each year)
  • Great perks throughout the year when opportunities arise from our alums and friends.

You know you want to join the club!


Prog-Ducer Passes

Available Beginning Saturday, June 25 at 12:00PM ET

Prog-Ducer 3-Day Pass: $375 USD (plus taxes & fees)

  • Early access to the lobby each day (30 minutes before regular attendees)
  • Priority access to artist meet-and-greets each day (after 5-Year Patrons)
  • Merchandise package, including some special items only for Prog-Ducers:
    • Exclusive ProgStock 2022 Prog-Ducer Wristband (wear it proudly!)
    • Other special items (to be determined) exclusive to Prog-Ducers
    • Select items from our ProgStock 2022 merchandise catalog
  • Festival Poster, Wristband, and Program (with autograph pages!)
  • Festival T-Shirt in your chosen style and size

 

Regular 3-Day Passes and 1-Day Passes

Not Available Until Saturday, July 16 at 12:00PM ET

Regular 3-Day Pass: $250 USD (plus taxes & fees)

  • Access to artist meet-and-greets each day (after Prog-Ducers)
  • Festival Poster, Wristband, and Program (with autograph pages!)
  • Festival T-Shirt in your chosen style and size

Single-Day Pass: $75/$100 USD (plus taxes & fees)

  • Friday: $75 USD, Saturday: $100 USD, Sunday: $100 USD
  • Access to artist meet-and-greets that day (after Prog-Ducers)

Streaming Options: Coming soon!


ProgStock 2022 is coming, October 7 – 9, 2022!

We’ve been hearing a lot of questions lately!

Is ProgStock happening this year?
What did you think was going to happen? Tom and Ann were going to give up?
If the pandemic didn’t stop us…
And our venue getting flooded didn’t stop us…
I mean, really people!

And what are the dates? Seriously? When is ProgStock? Say it with me now…
COLUMBUS DAY Weekend! or Indigenous Peoples’ Day Weekend or the weekend before the second Monday in October. Confused yet?
How about this? It’s October 7 – 9, 2022!

We’ll be announcing all kinds of exciting stuff over the next week, so pay attention folks!

First, let’s get a bit nostalgic for 2021…

The official merchandise from ProgStock 2021 is now available in the ProgStock Store.
You will find the t-shirts, posters, programs, shotglasses, and wristbands from ProgStock 2021 in there, alongside the same from previous years. We even have a set of the glassware from all five years: the pint glass, stemless wine glass, glass beer mug, and both shotglasses (because you needed two shots), all for only $50 for the whole set.
PLUS ProgStock hats, water bottles, coffee mugs, stickers, car clings, jewelry, key rings and guitar picks that don’t have a year on them at all.

At the top of the store, you might notice we are selling merch for our friends from Total Mass Retain, YES Tribute Band. We are also hosting a livestream of their show from Prog on the Ranch on Friday, April 29 at 8:30PM US Eastern on our StageIt page (StageIt.com/ProgStock). If you can’t be there in person, you are going to want to get tickets to watch it online. While you’re at it, support the band by picking up some of their merch, or buy some extra StageIt Notes to toss in the virtual tip jar during the show. They’re going a long way from home to put on a great show for you and gas is really expensive right now!

2021 was certainly a unique year in ProgStock history…

As we returned from having a virtual festival in 2020, the 2021 festival lineup had many twists and turns. The last of these crazy turns was the illness of our beloved John Goodsall of Brand X. Although the band did not appear at ProgStock 2021 due to John’s illness, their name is on the poster, t-shirt and schedule, and their page is in the program. The program came with an insert of a page for MJ12, the band featuring Percy Jones, also from the original Brand X lineup, who stepped in when John fell ill. This was the last festival booked by Brand X featuring John Goodsall, who passed away shortly after the festival, but his legacy goes on in his music!
Here’s the promo video John made for us for ProgStock 2021…

We miss you, John!